Their businesses may belong to diverse sectors but true leaders will usually have a common set of attributes: Correct execution of strategy, a deep sense of commitment, honesty and the ability to take the team along in the decision-making process. It’s these aspects of leadership, among others, which the Forbes India Leadership Awards (FILA) seek to honour every year.
Now in its fourth year, FILA celebrates those leaders who faced challenges head-on and had the determination and drive to take their ideas to fruition. Whether they are from the private sector, the public sector, multinationals or startups, these leaders have often faced challenges and failures, but had the sincerity of purpose to continue on the chosen path.
Not surprising, then, that the FILA winners are selected with utmost care by way of a detailed, time-consuming process, which began as early as six months before the awardees were decided. The Forbes India team and our Knowledge Partner KPMG set out to prepare a long list of potential winners across categories through painstaking research, meetings and discussions with sectoral experts. Once the long list was drawn up, an intense round of discussions took place to arrive at the final shortlist of names to be presented to the high-powered FILA jury which picked the final winners.
The jury for this year’s awards was chaired by KV Kamath, non-executive chairman, ICICI Bank, with Zia Mody of AZB Partners, Sanjay Nayar of KKR India, Ajit Rangnekar of the Indian School of Business, Akhil Gupta of Blackstone and Raghav Bahl, founder and former managing director of Network18, being the other members. There were 45 potential winners shortlisted across nine categories.
The jury met for a detailed deliberation to determine the winners, whose inspiring stories you will read in this special issue of Forbes India. These are stories of how they battled the odds to execute winning strategies, made disruptive changes in the sectors where they operate and adapted to altering dynamics, leading from the front at all times. There are also those individuals who have touched lives in the process, catalysing social change and empowering people.
Join us at Forbes India in applauding their stellar efforts.
Editor, Forbes India
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(This story appears in the 17 October, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)